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    In the city landscape, ‘place’ is largely interpreted by experience, previous encounters and prior knowledge. We bring associations and pre-estab… Read More
    In the city landscape, ‘place’ is largely interpreted by experience, previous encounters and prior knowledge. We bring associations and pre-established understanding to spaces - whether in our home town or a new city - based on memory and perception. Within the urban landscape the opportunity to play, discuss and create new definitions or uses of space is not often possible: as a citizen, a tourist, a politician, or an architect, how often do we have an opportunity to really look at, and truly understand, the potential of the city we are in? Invited by Describing Architecture to deliver a series of workshops as part of a residency (part funded by the Arts Council of Ireland) over 140 people participated in generating questions and proposals for spaces in Dublin City Centre during October and November 2015. Provided with a set of labels and a ‘map’ (a game which gave them only partial control over where they could navigate to) workshop participants were asked to take eight journeys in the city, describe the places that they found at the end of each route. In using the game as a map, with a restricted set of defining labels, participants were forced to see a different potential for familiar environments, spaces and places; they were asked to redefine their understanding of what is and is not possible in the context of the contemporary city. With this exploration, users became flaneurs, they brought their own idea of possibly to places - building a new language and topology of what our city space could be when we see it from a fresh perspective, without plan, prescription or instruction Read Less
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